Alan I. Leshner, PhD In a recent op-ed published in the Toronto Star Dr. Alan Leshner, Research!America board member, writes that federal deficits in the United States and Canada ’pose a significant threat’ to basic research. He notes that ’some policy-makers seem to value near-term, industry-focused science more highly.’ But adds that basic science has larger potential payoffs than applied research. ’The most well-known example of life-changing basic research is of course Sir Alexander Fleming ’s accidental 1928 discovery of a mould (penicillin) that seemed to repel bacteria. German physicist Wilhelm RÃ¶ntgen ’s 19th century efforts to pass cathode rays through glass now...
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If concerted, long-term investments in research are not made, America will lose an entire generation of young scientists.
Brenda Canine, PhD; McLaughlin Research Institute, Montana